Conditions were almost perfect for the third Colaiste Iosagain 5K road race around the streets of Port on May 2.
This year’s milder conditions go some way towards explaining the terrific times and high participation, with 464 finishers.
Twenty runners came under the twenty minute mark, an average of almost ten miles per hour.
Winner Sixth Year Emmet McKenna’s time of 16.29 was so blisteringly fast it will be hard to beat for many years to come.
Second and third places were taken by Second and Third Year students, Ronan Coffey and Cormac Curtis.
Overall champion from the first two years, Evan Clancy reportedly had a leg break during the year, but finished fifth in 18.13.
Winning the first female student trophy for a second time was Libby Waldron. Eva Galvin, likely her closest rival, was injured and could not participate.
Three of the first ten males were First Years, an encouraging sign for the future of Athletics in Colaiste Iosagain.
Christopher Booth was again first teacher home in 19.56, while Fionnuala Cleary was fastest of the lady teachers, 30 seconds behind.
Six lady teachers finished in the top 26 females while only one of their male colleagues could manage same.
All competitors had a whale of a time, thanks to the organisation of PE teachers Sinead Dempsey and Miriam Holland, and support of sponsors, particularly Oakdale Residential Home and Colgan Sports.
Guests of honour were residents of Oakdale Residential Home and Laois GAA AllStar, past pupil Fergal Byron, while the support of cheering locals and AC volunteers, helped make the fun run the best ever. Chip times at: www.precisiontiming.net/result.aspx?v=1870